When you go to a doughnut shop, I bet getting apple fritters is the last thing on your mind. They usually undercook the apples and, compare to doughnuts with its variety of toppings and fillings, the apple fritters fall a bit short. Today, I will help you make apple fritters that you’ll love.
You can serve this tasty dessert when you have family and friends come over and just hang out. For this recipe, you’ll get about 16 small apple fritters that could easily satisfy about 4-6 people. But I recommend that you make more, as they will be gone in no time.
Cinnamon and sugar are the traditional toppings for the apple fritters, but it doesn’t mean that you have to use it. Just use your imagination a bit, incorporate what your family and friends like on the apple fritters as a topping, for example: use Nutella for the topping, or use crumbled walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins, etc. You can even make a variety of toppings for each batch of apple fritters that you make.
Ingredients for Apple Fritters
2 large apples, cut in 1/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter (to cook the apples)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 large egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup sparkling apple cider (or as needed)
How to Make Apple Fritters
First, peel, quarter, and core the apples. Transfer them to a bowl and set aside. Next, in a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat and heat until they turn a bit brown. Pour the apples to the skillet and sauté until they start to brown on the edges (about 3-4 minutes). Add in the sugar and continue cooking until they start turning into a nice golden-brown color. Remove from heat and strain for any additional liquid, set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients and whisk well to combine. Set aside. For the wet ingredients, in a different bowl, add all the wet ingredients and whisk well to combine. Next, add the apples into the wet ingredients and pour in the sparkling apple cider (second major change). Lastly, add the dry ingredients into the mixture and mix to combine. (add more flour if the batter is too wet and more sparkling apple cider if too dry). Set aside.
On a frying pan, heat the oil to 375 F. Using a spoon to scoop the batter and another spoon to safely transfer them into the oil. Fry for about 2 minutes, until golden brown (per side). For the glaze, combine some powdered sugar with cinnamon and pour some sparkling apple cider and mix to combine into a paste-like consistency. Drizzle over the apple fritters generously, serve and enjoy.
To see the original recipe that inspired this one, check out the recipe for Apple Fritters found at Food Wishes.